BRABUS refines the new Mercedes GL-Class Sporty-elegant bodywork, high-tech forged wheels with a diameter of 23 inches, powerful and eco-friendly engine tuning as well as exclusive interiors: BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, internet www.brabus.com) also offers a sophisticated and extensive customization program for the Mercedes GL-Class of model year 2013. All components are backed by the one-of-a-kind BRABUS Tuning Warranty® of three years, up to 100,000 kilometers/62,000 miles (see BRABUS Warranty Terms and Conditions, updated November 2006). While the design program for the new Mercedes GL-Class is still under development, the looks of the largest Mercedes SUV can already be upgraded with custom-tailored BRABUS Monoblock wheels in various designs and diameters between 18 and 23 inches. The large wheel wells of the GL-Class offers enough space for custom-tailored 23-inch high-tech forged wheels. The BRABUS "Platinum Edition" 11Jx23 wheels are available in the three popular designs Monoblock E evo, F and R. Thanks to cutting-edge forging technology the "Platinum Edition" wheels are particularly light despite offering outstanding mechanical strength. Compared with a conventional cast wheel of the same size, these wheels offer a weight saving of up to 15 percent. All BRABUS forged wheels can be easily identified by their “Platinum Edition" stainless-steel badge. The matching high-performance tires in size 305/30 R 23 are supplied by BRABUS technology partners Continental, Pirelli or YOKOHAMA. The new Mercedes GL-Class can also be fitted with forged 21-inch Monoblock VI or F wheels or with 22-inch cast wheels of the Monoblock VI, E, Q, R and S design families as well as with BRABUS Monoblock G "PLATINUM EDITION" forged wheels. The BRABUS control module for GL models with AIRMATIC air suspension is specifically calibrated to the use with these sporty tire/wheel combinations. They lower the ride height of the vehicle by about 30 millimeters (1.2 inches). To further optimize active safety, the SUV can be equipped with a BRABUS high-performance brake system. It consists of six-piston aluminum fixed calipers gripping vented and cross-drilled front discs measuring 405 x 34 millimeters (15.9 x 1.3 inches). The rear axle stops with discs measuring 380 x 34 mm (15.0 x 1.3 inches) and four-piston fixed calipers. BRABUS offers the world’s most extensive engine tuning program for Mercedes-Benz automobiles, which obviously also benefits the new GL-Class. For the GL 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC the BRABUS engine specialists have developed the BRABUS ECO PowerXtra D6S performance kit. It goes without saying that the performance kit was designed for maximum eco-friendliness and retains the BlueTEC concept that uses the reactant AdBlue® for emission control. As a result the GL 350 turbodiesel with BRABUS ECO PowerXtra D6S performance kit meets EURO VI emission standards. The plug-and-play auxiliary control unit can be installed by any authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer. Afterwards the engine produces 228 kW / 310 hp (306 bhp) of power and a hefty torque of 690 Nm (509 lb-ft), available between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm. Performance benefits accordingly: Compared with the production car the sprint time for 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) is shortened to 7.6 seconds. Top speed increases to 225 km/h (140 mph). The BRABUS B50-520 performance kit is available for the GL 500 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY. It also integrates a plug-and-play BRABUS PowerXtra module into the engine electronics. After the conversion the 4.7-liter eight-cylinder Biturbo engine produces powerful 383 kW / 521 hp (513 bhp), up from standard 320 kW / 435 hp (429 bhp). Peak torque grows to 800 Nm (590 lb-ft), available between 1,800 and 3,500 rpm. Thus equipped the all-wheel-drive car accelerates from 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.0 seconds. The top speed can be limited electronically to 250 or 275 km/h (155 or 171 mph) with the help of the integrated BRABUS Vmax unit. All BRABUS engines are lubricated exclusively with MOTUL high-performance motor oil. Custom-calibrated BRABUS stainless-steel sport exhaust systems that depending on the model come with two or four chrome-plated tailpipes are available for all GL-Class engines. Exclusive interior options are another BRABUS specialty for the new Mercedes GL-Class: Stainless-steel scuff plates with backlit BRABUS logo are part of the lineup as are exclusive BRABUS all-leather interiors masterfully crafted from the finest Mastik leather and Alcantara. BRABUS wood and carbon-fiber inlays are available in any color imaginable and are color-coordinated with the interior color. The sporty character of the vehicle is rounded out by a speedometer with 320-km/h dial (200-mph) and aluminum components such as pedals and door-lock pins.